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Time Limits for Electing Temporary Continuation of Healthcare Coverage

If you are a separating employee, you must submit your Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) election to your employing office within 60 days after the date of your separation or 65 days after the date of your employing office’s notice, whichever is later. Your eligible child must submit his or her TCC election to your employing office within either: • 60 days after the date of the qualifying event, if you (the enrollee) did not notify your employing office within the required 60-day notification...

Beware of Local “Emergency Centers” Not Authorized by TRICARE

TRICARE beneficiaries may have noticed new kinds of “Emergency Centers” popping up in their area. It may seem like a tempting health care option but, free-standing emergency rooms (ER) that are not affiliated with a hospital may not be TRICARE-authorized. If a provider, such as a free-standing ER, is not authorized then TRICARE is prohibited from paying it “facility fees.” That can leave a beneficiary stuck with a big bill. Beneficiaries need to “know before you go.”  Check a free-standing...

Republican Bill Would Offer Federal Health Plan to Seniors

In Mid-March, Republican lawmakers introduced legislation to replace Medicare with the health care plan currently offered to federal and congressional employees. The Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act would allow seniors to select any of the plans currently offered under the Federal Employee Health Benefit program, starting in 2014. Co-sponsors of the legislation include Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim DeMint (R-SC), and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said "Medicare as we know it is a false promise....

Deal to Raise Employees’ Retirement Contribution

Federal negotiators stuck a deal in mid-February to significantly increase future federal employees' retirement contributions which will help pay for an extension is unemployment benefits. According to the American Federation of Government Employees, newly hired and rehired federal employees would have 3.1% of each paycheck put toward their Federal Employees Retirement System pensions. The current contribution rate is only 0.8%, so that amounts to a 2.3% increase. The increase will affect new hires and rehires beginning...

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